Pull on your jerseys and place your order for some of the best hot dogs in town—it's time to start thinking about where to watch the Super Bowl in Austin this year. Austin's best craft beer bars and sports bars—plus a few of our city's top restaurants—are throwing raucous Super Bowl watch parties, and everyone's invited. But first, here are a couple crucial pieces of information about this year's game:
When is Super Bowl LII?
Sunday, February 4, 2018. Kickoff is at 5:30pm CST.
Who is playing?
The Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots.
Where are they playing?
The Super Bowl will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Who's playing the halftime show?
Now—start placing your bets.
Where to watch the Super Bowl
Head to Central Standard at the South Congress Hotel for half-off large format cocktails (like an Aperol Spritz) and the entire bar menu, where you'll be able to choose from touchdown-worthy dishes like party dip and house fries. The game will be playing on both the patio and inside the bar, and you can take advantage of food and drink specials throughout the day.
One of the east side's go-to bars for craft cocktails, Craftsman is hosting its third annual SOUPer Bowl brewery chili cookoff and watch party this Sunday. Local and regional breweries will use their own beer in an epic chili cookoff to earn a spot on the tap wall. Entry is free, and the winner is decided by popular vote.
Celebrate either team with "Tequila and Touchdowns" at the W's Living Room Lounge, which includes an all-day happy hour and multiple screens for prime viewing. Rolling with a big group? You can reserve table service in the Records Room for up to 15 guests, along with two bottles of Don Julio Tequila or Crown Royal and a 12-pack of Bud Light, plus wings, sliders, chips and dip, and bratwurst ($1,200). Or go big with the “Owner’s Box Screen Porch,” which includes a private viewing experience with a 100-inch screen, six bottles of Don Julio Tequila or Crown Royal, a 36-pack of Bud Light, and a spread of game day snacks ($3,000 for up to 40 people).
For the first time since opening, Fresa's will host its own Super Bowl party on Sunday starting at 3pm. In addition to free, unlimited queso (which, let's be real, is reason enough to come here), the South 1st St spot will have a 115-inch video wall on its outdoor patio, and will bring multiple TVs into their dining room. Happy hour pricing on drinks will be available, along with special Super Bowl snacks. Tables can be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Rattle Inn is always a good option for watching the game, but during the Super Bowl they'll be offering free chili and nachos, plus special deals on domestic beer buckets and cocktails. Head to the upstairs deck to cheer on both your team and the drunken fools wandering around 6th Street below.
BackYARD at Waller Creek channels everyone's favorite backyard party, a spot where BBQ, games, live music and cocktails converge. Join the downtown spot for a Super Bowl watch party, with a live broadcast of the game and a special Super Bowl snack menu (think boneless wings, pulled pork sliders and nachos).
Austin Taco Project is pulling out all the stops on Super Bowl Sunday, with 75-cent Buffalo wings, $4 draft beers and all the free chips and salsa your heart desires (with purchase of a drink). Break away from one of the seven TVs showing the game for a hot second while you dig into one of the restaurant's internationally-inspired tacos.
Stop by one of our favorite bars for their annual Super Bowl party starting at 4pm. Sausages come straight from the B-Side Sausage Company, while beer is courtesy of Oasis Brewing Co. A special football-themed cocktail menu will also be on hand to keep you hydrated while watching the game on screens both inside and on the patio. After the game, Hogan Sullivan & The West Texas Teardrops will play a live set.